Rupert Red Two: A Fighter Pilot's Life From Thunderbolts to Thunderchiefs

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In 1945 Second Lieutenant Jack Broughton graduated from West Point with the silver pilot wings of a newly commissioned member of the Army Air Corps. Nearly thirty years later, he retired as a full colonel in the United States Air Force, an entity that didn't even exist when he first learned to fly. Along the way Colonel Broughton saw duty in virtually every fighter aircraft the Air Corps and then Air Force had to offer.

He experienced the birth and coming of age of the U.S. Air ...

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Overview

In 1945 Second Lieutenant Jack Broughton graduated from West Point with the silver pilot wings of a newly commissioned member of the Army Air Corps. Nearly thirty years later, he retired as a full colonel in the United States Air Force, an entity that didn't even exist when he first learned to fly. Along the way Colonel Broughton saw duty in virtually every fighter aircraft the Air Corps and then Air Force had to offer.

He experienced the birth and coming of age of the U.S. Air Force and its bloodying in combat in Korea and Vietnam. In this, his third book, Broughton offers readers what is virtually a biography of the U. S. Air Force as it was experienced by one of its finest combat leaders.

From his initial duty in postwar Germany as part of the American occupation, to air-to-air combat in Korea, to his command of the Thunderbirds and two combat tours in Vietnam, Broughton describes what it is to meet the enemy in the air—and to fly some of the best-known aircraft in combat. By the bestselling author of Thud Ridge and Going Downtown.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780760332177
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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Jack Broughton graduated from West Point in 1945 with his pilot's wings and army second lieutenant bars. He was assigned to Europe, and flew P-47s and P-51s until his return to the United States in 1948. Colonel Broughton retired from the air force in 1968 with forty-three separate awards and decorations, including four Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Silver Stars and one Air Force Cross, which, along with the army's Distinguished Service Cross and the navy's Navy Cross, is second only to the Medal of Honor. His proudest accomplishment was being combat ready in every air force fighter from the P-47 to the F-106. He is the author of Thud Ridge and Going Downtown.

Jack Broughton graduated from West Point in 1945 with his pilot's wings and army second lieutenant bars. He was assigned to Europe, and flew P-47s and P-51s until his return to the United States in 1948. Colonel Broughton retired from the air force in 1968 with forty-three separate awards and decorations, including four Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Silver Stars and one Air Force Cross, which, along with the army's Distinguished Service Cross and the navy's Navy Cross, is second only to the Medal of Honor. His proudest accomplishment was being combat ready in every air force fighter from the P-47 to the F-106. He is the author of Thud Ridge and Going Downtown. Colonel Broughton lives in Mission Viejo, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

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    This book is in Col. Broughtons tradition of being a 'bottom line, brass tacks' fighter pilot! Truly in keeping with the tradition of his prior works, Rupert Red Two truly pulls no punches. The plain truth regarding how the Viet Nam air war was prosecuted (or NOT for that matter) still rings with lessons for those politicians and commanders today! As a retired USAF SrNCO, Col. Broughton is the type of commander I would have followed ANYTIME, ANYWHERE!

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